St. Pius handles St. Thomas in rivalry game

At TexasPrepInsider our tag line is ‘We are There.' Tonight we bring you coverage from the Week 6 Thursday match up between St. Pius and St. Thomas. Game day coverage from TPI is free so check out this game wrap up.

In the game that many referred to as the "Shepherd Showdown," it proved to be that plus much more. Of course if you were a fan of St Pius then it was all good as the Panthers came away with 45-7 victory Thursday night at Eagle Stadium.

"You have to realize how important this game is. St Thomas is a great program and they are doing some great things over there, but our kids came out here tonight and played fast," St Pius coach Robin Kirk said. "That is what we talk about all week. We had to play faster than them. 

"We have a lot of speed, but we have been messing up a lot on our execution on offense. But tonight we put it all together."

That seemed to be the case as the Panthers racked up 360 yards of offense, and that was mainly because they go the short end of the field plenty of times on the night. One thing that Kirk and his staff were pleased about was the success of their two-quarterback system.

While in his earlier statement he said that execution was an issue that was not the case Thursday night. Both quarterbacks, Tim Bryant and Kevin Trevino, found the end zone in the win.

"They are both doing a good job and we kind of found our niche tonight switching them in and out," Kirk said. "We're excited about using both of them."

Trevino, a sophomore, was 3-of-5 for 81 yards and two scores while Bryant was nearly perfect with 8-of-9 for 153 yards and a touchdown. 

But the star of the night was clearly athlete Venric Mark. Though he did most of his damage on offense, Mark played cornerback as well. Mark had three touchdowns on the night and had six catches for 163 yards, most of which came in the first half.

Kirk said he is one to keep an eye on.

"Venric Mark is one of the best football players in the city of Houston in my opinion," Kirk said. "There are not a lot of guys better then him. We got the ball to him because that was one of our goals and he did a great job."

While Mark handled things on the receiving end, it was running back Trey Nelson doing plenty of dirty work as well. Nelson had 13 carries for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Casey Manger (32 yards rushing) came in a reserve capacity and found the end zone as well.

There was not a lot of movement for St. Thomas offensively, but the Eagles did have some success on the ground. Quarterback Coner Mills had quite a few big runs and ended up with 85 yards and a touchdown. He lost many due to sacks against him. Armando Rocha added another 92 yards on nine carries.

As for the Panthers, they are now 4-1 and are getting ready to head out to Louisiana (Sulphur) next week and then come back for Beaumont Kelly. With eyes set on getting back to where they were last year, Kirk sees that this team has what it takes.

"Yes, we are looking to get back to the state game," Kirk said. "We are a young football team and we only had four starters coming back. But tonight we came of age."


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